The airfield at 5 Wing Goose Bay will soon see an update, thanks to $12 million in funding announced by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Sajjan made the infrastructure announcement at the base in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at a news conference at the Canuck Club.
The federal government said in an announcement Tuesday that the additional cash will be used to replace the ramps located east of Hangars 7 and 8 on the base.
“These ramps are essential for NORAD flying operations,” the government said in a news release. “A site survey will be carried out this year, and work will be completed in 2018.”
The announcement is part of a cross-Canada blitz, as the government is planning to spend about $200 million for infrastructure at military bases in the country.
“Sustained improvements to military infrastructure are necessary to provide the women and men of the CAF with the facilities they need to train and operate successfully, well into the future,” the statement said.
The minister was in New Brunswick on Monday, where he announced more than $38 million in funding for Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Meanwhile, MP Seamus O’Regan tweeted that Sajjan is also set to visit St. John’s Tuesday evening.
O’Regan said Sajjan will be at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall on Mundy Pond Road at 6:30 p.m.